Menasina Saaru

It is again cloudy and raining. It is so boring a day that I hardly feel like cooking anything. On such days we dish up some Menasina saaru, something that warms me up from within as well as takes just over a few minutes to cook. This is again one of the first foods that a new mother is served. It is also a tonic that does a world of good to a runny nose and a sore throat, a South Indian equivalent of 'chicken-soup-for-the-soul'.

We will need,

Tamarind soaked in warm water size of a medum lime
Jaggery crushed 1 heaping tsp
Pepper 1 tsp crushed
Jeera 1 tsp crushed
Garlic 3 cloves crushed
Ghee 1 tbsp
Curry leaves a handful
Dry red Chillies 3-4
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Hing a dash
Coriander fresh a handful chopped

  • Squeeze the tamarind pulp and add water making it about 3 cups or so. The water should be tangy but not too sharp on the tongue.
  • Add the jaggery to the tamarind water and bring it to a boil
  • Meantime prepare the 'oggarane'. Heat ghee in a small wok. Drop the Mustard seeds, Hing, Curry leaves, Pepper, Jeera, Garlic and  the dry red chilies. Once the mixture is fragrant, turn off the heat.
  • Pour the 'oggarane' over the tamarind water and adjust salt. The saaru should have a pleasant balance of spice, sweet and tang. Bring it to a quick boil and serve piping hot.


Sowjanya@Ruchikacooks said...

almost like rasam! Looks good.

Ann said...

Sounds new and intresting recipe.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Wow, sounds interesting and a quickie too. Loved the recipe.

avsky said...

Ah, this looks amazing! Here I can only buy Tamarind puree in a jar, and am unsure how much to use - would you have any suggestions? I was thinking a tablespoon perhaps?

Really looking forward to making this!

Kannada Cuisine said...


Tamarind Puree in a jar works fine.. I did say start with a teaspoon and increase as you go, checking for the right tartness in between.. Good luck hope you enjoy making and eating it.

Anonymous said...

very tasty , I loved it

Rajani said...

I made this for BHW and was truly blown away by the mix of flavors in there and the ease of the recipe. LOVED it!

radha said...

Clicked a link at My kitchen Trials and surprise, surprise I find myself at your blog. Made this saaru. It will be posted soon. Loved it.

Sharan Savadattimath said...

Tried it today.. And my god my wife is impressed!!! Thanks!!

Kannada Cuisine said...

Thanks Saran, hope you try and make more of the recipes in this blog :)

Anonymous said...

it's fantastic.....

Unknown said...

Can tomato also be used in this recipe?

Kannada Cuisine said...

Sure Sukanya.